The Sex-Crazed Poet Strongman Who (Fleetingly) Built A kingdom

The Sex-Crazed Poet Strongman Who (Fleetingly) Built A kingdom

Gabriele d’Annunzio pioneered the politics regarding the spectacle.

The poet that is young d’Annunzio. Credit Credit Henri Le Lieure/Alinari, via Getty Images

By Tara Isabella Burton

Dr. Burton is a adding editor at The United states Interest and a columnist at Religion Information provider.

One hundred years ago this autumn, a high profile showman became a strongman. The womanizing, profligate poet that is italian d’Annunzio, that has turn into a hero of World War I by airdropping his or her own propagandistic poetry over Vienna, marched in to the Hapsburg town of Fiume (now Rijeka in Croatia) and declared himself its frontrunner. […]